Many Pharmaceutical drugs, natural supplements and herbs are not compatible with shamanic plant medicines and some medical or psychological conditions are also not appropriate for treatment with these medicines. For this reason, it is our policy that all participants in our ceremonies be free of pharmaceutical intervention for 30 days prior to joining us on one of our sacred mythic journeys or retreats.
It is the responsibility of all participants to consult with their doctors about the safety of ceasing medication within the timeframes required by journeys or retreats.
If you need to stop taking any medication prior to your shamanic plant medicine experience, please consult with your doctor about stopping such medications, as well as informing us of your process. If your doctor is unwilling to assist you due to his or her own bias, you have the right to seek a second opinion from another physician.
Full disclosure of medical conditions past and present are mandatory at the time of application, and it’s pertinent that you understand our H.E.M. Responsibilities and Commitments section.
Below is a list of SOME medical conditions, pharmaceuticals and supplements that are not compatible with drinking shamanic plant medicine, like Ayahuasca.
The following medical conditions can potentially cause life-threatening complications and dangerous risks when combined with drinking or ingesting a shamanic plant medicine, like Ayahuasca.
– Psychological conditions such as Schizophrenia, bipolar and psychosis
– Heart conditions
– Liver and Kidney conditions
Pharmaceuticals and Supplements
Different substances require more or less time to leave the body, so please consult your doctor to establish how long your particular medications will take to clear from your system. It is vitally important that you are honest with us and with yourself about your medical history. There can be serious consequences of mixing shamanic plant medicine, especially Ayahuasca, with pharmaceutical medications, and it is imperative that you take caution and undertake this healing journey with a full respect for this fact.
Below is a PARTIAL list of medications which are NOT to be present in your body during and before your encounter with shamanic plant medicine, especially Ayahuasca:
– SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
– Amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine)
– Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)
– Appetite suppressants (diet pills)
– Medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems
– Antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc.)
– CNS (central nervous system) depressants
Here is a list of more specific drugs that are also strongly recommended to avoid when working with Ayahuasca or other Shamanic Plant Medicine.
– Amantadine hydrochloride (Symmetrel)
– Amoxapine (Asendin)
– Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
– Buspirone (BuSpar)
– Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol)
– Clomipramine (Anafranil)
– Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
– Cyclizine (Marezine)
– Desipramine (Pertofrane)
– Dextromethorphan (DXM)
– Disopyramide (Norpace)
– Doxepin (Sinequan)
– Flavoxate Hydrochloride (Urispas)
– Fluoxetine (Prozac)
– Imipramine (Tofranil)
– Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
– Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa)
– Loratadine (Claritin)
– Maprotiline (Ludiomil)
– Meperidine (Demerol)
– Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
– Nortriptyline (Aventyl)
– Oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan)
– Orphenadrine (Norflex)
– Paroxetine (Paxil)
– Phenelzine (Nardil)
– Procainamide (Pronestyl)
– Protriptyline (Vivactil)
– Quinidine (Quinidex)
– Selegiline (Eldepryl)
– Sertraline (Zoloft)
– Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
– Tricyclic antidepressants (Amitriptyline, Elavil)
– Trimipramine (Surmontil)
Herbs and Supplements
– St. Johns Wort
If you have any questions or concerns, or want any clarification in any way about your current medical status and if you are suitable to take Ayahuasca or any other shamanic plant medicine, and attend one of our Sacred Mythic Journeys or Master Plant Retreats, please speak to your doctor and contact us directly.
At the end of the day, we’re here to help you, so please just disclose everything to us about your current medical status and any medications you are taking, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your specific situation, if possible.
If in doubt, please contact us before applying.
To serving you in your deepest healing and transformation always,
The Heart Energy Medicine Tribe